3 called to presidency of the Seventy

The First Presidency has announced the calls of Elders Joe J. Christensen, Monte J. Brough and W. Eugene Hansen to the Presidency of the Seventy, effective Aug. 15.

Elders Dean. L. Larsen, James M. Paramore and J. Richard Clarke will be released from the Presidency of the Seventy, effective on that date, and will resume their positions in the First Quorum of the Seventy. All three have been called as area presidents, also effective Aug. 15. (See separate story on page 8.)Elder Christensen, Elder Brough and Elder Hansen join Elders Rex D. Pinegar, Carlos E. Asay, Charles Didier and L. Aldin Porter as the Presidency of the Seventy. All are members of the First Quorum of the Seventy.

Since Aug. 15, 1992, Elder Christensen has been president of the North America Northwest Area, Elder Brough has presided over the Asia Area and Elder Hansen has served as president of the Asia North Area.

In their new assignments, they will serve as executive directors of Church departments.

Elder Christensen, 63, was sustained to the First Quorum of the Seventy April 1, 1989, he was president of Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho at the time. He previously was a mission president in Mexico, president of the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah, and a counselor in the Young Men and Melchizedek Priesthood MIA.

Active in Scouting, he has served as council commissioner and a member of the National Exploring Standing Committee. He was an officer in the U.S. Air Force from 1953-55.

Holding a bachelor's degree from BYU and a doctorate in education from Washington State University, he has been associate commissioner of education for the Church Educational System and has been director of several institutes of religion.

He was born July 21, 1929, in Banida, Idaho, to Joseph A. and Goldie Miles Christensen. He and his wife, Barbara Kohler Christensen, are the parents of six children.

Elder Brough, 54, was sustained to the Second Quorum of the Seventy Oct. 1, 1988. He was called to the First Quorum on April 6, 1991.

He previously served as a regional representative, president of the Minnesota Minneapolis Mission, member of the Young Men General Board and bishop.

With a bachelor's degree and a doctorate in business administration from the University of Utah, he is a former president and founder of a financial management company. He was born June 11, 1939, in Randolph, Utah, to Richard Muir and Gwendolyn Kearl Brough. He and his wife, Lanette Barker Brough, have seven children.

Elder Hansen, 64, was sustained to the First Quorum of the Seventy April 1, 1989. He is a former stake president, stake Young Men president and bishop.

A retired colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, Elder Hansen served on active duty during the Korean conflict. He obtained a bachelor's degree in agricultural economics from Utah State University and a juris doctorate from the University of Utah.

Formerly a successful trial lawyer, he has been president of the Utah State Bar Association. He was also chairman of the Utah State Board of Regents governing the state's nine colleges and universities.

He was born Aug. 23, 1928, in Tremonton, Utah, to Warren E. and Ruth Steed Hansen. He and his wife, Jeanine Showell Hansen, are parents of six children.

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